Suspected Russian Secret Agent Charged With Trying To Illegally Export American Technology

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Alexander Fishenko, a Kazakhstan-born businessman, was charged in New York today for allegedly being a secret Russian agent and leading a network of 11 people that tried to illegally export American technology for the Russian government.According to an FBI press release, since 2008 Fishenko and 10 others had been engaged in a “surreptitious and systematic conspiracy to obtain advanced, technologically cutting-edge microelectronics from manufacturers and suppliers located within the United States and to export those high-tech goods to Russia, while carefully evading the government licensing system set up to control such exports”.

The network had been operating through a Texas-based company, Arc Electronics Inc., as well as through a Russian-based procurement firm, Apex System LLC. The technology illegally exported could be used for “radar and surveillance systems, missile guidance systems, and detonation triggers”, and was of a standard higher than Russia could produce, the release said. Such technology is usually subject to strict government controls.

46-year-old Fishenko, a naturalized US citizen, and eight other defendants were arrested in Houston on Tuesday night.

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